Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more. Topics: TEDTalks, Business Innovation Factory, TED, Talks, art, arts, collaboration, design, engineering,...
How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel's surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent -- and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, culture, dance, performance art, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, art, oceans, TED2014, 2014
Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, creativity, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, education, 2009
With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, storytelling, 2011
Has our technology -- our cell phones and iPods and cameras -- stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity. Topics: TEDTalks, INK Conference, TED, Talks, art, creativity, 2011
Imagine being able to see artwork in the greatest museums around the world without leaving your chair. Driven by his passion for art, Amit Sood tells the story of how he developed Art Project to let people do just that. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, technology, 2011
Colin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health care solution. And then... Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, entertainment, performance, performance art, 2012
As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories. With glorious images, he shows how his curation philosophy works for displaying medieval tapestries—and for the over-the-top fashion/art of Alexander McQueen. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, museums, TED2012, 2012
Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, art, creativity, design, illusion, 2003
In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, innovation, TED2010, 2010
Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi calls himself “Afghan by blood, redneck by the grace of god.” Playing off his two identities, the TED Fellow's bold, funny, thought-provoking artwork explores jihad, gangsterism, consumers and corruption in modern Afghanistan. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, culture, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward? Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, failure, TED2014, 2014
Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy -- and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, happiness, 2004
We all use our body on a daily basis, and yet few of us think about our physicality the way Wayne McGregor does. He demonstrates how a choreographer communicates ideas to an audience, working with two dancers to build phrases of dance, live and unscripted, on the TEDGlobal stage. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, dance, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, history, museums, TEDxMet, 2013
Mark Applebaum writes music that breaks the rules in fantastic ways, composing a concerto for a florist and crafting a musical instrument from junk and found objects. This quirky talk might just inspire you to shake up the “rules” of your own creative work. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, composing, music, TEDxStanford, 2012
In the spectacular large-scale projects he's famous for (such as "Waterfalls" in New York harbor), Olafur Eliasson creates art from a palette of space, distance, color and light. This idea-packed talk begins with an experiment in the nature of perception. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, 2009
Photographer Boniface Mwangi wanted to protest against corruption in his home country of Kenya. So he made a plan: He and some friends would stand up and heckle during a public mass meeting. But when the moment came ... he stood alone. What happened next, he says, showed him who he truly was. As he says, "There are two most powerful days in your life. The day you are born, and the day you discover why." Graphic images. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, art, corruption, photography, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
Art history is far from set in stone. Engineer Maurizio Seracini spent 30 years searching for Leonardo da Vinci’s lost fresco “The Battle of Anghiari,” and in the process discovered that many paintings have layers of history hidden underneath. Should they be part of the viewing experience too? Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, biology, science, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, 2014
Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects -- from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can't see. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, nature, photography, science, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
Artist Kate Hartman uses wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, with ourselves and with the world. In this quirky and thought-provoking talk, she shows the "Talk to Yourself Hat", the "Inflatable Heart", the "Glacier Embracing Suit", and other unexpected devices. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, communication, culture, glacier, TED2011, 2011
Sheikha Al Mayassa, a patron of artists, storytellers and filmmakers in Qatar, talks about how art and culture create a country's identity -- and allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world. As she says: "We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other." Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, Islam, art, arts, culture, film, 2010
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, cities, community, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
What do you do with an outdated encyclopedia in the information age? With X-Acto knives and an eye for a good remix, artist Brian Dettmer makes beautiful, unexpected sculptures that breathe new life into old books. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, book, TEDYouth 2014, 2014
Artist Nathalie Miebach takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody the forces of nature and time. These sculptures then become musical scores for a string quartet to play. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, data, visualizations, 2011
Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more. Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, art, history, performance, personal growth, 2008
The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robo Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, art, robots, science, social media, tedx, TEDxBerkeley, 2012
When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. With the help of a supporting cast of family and teachers, our protagonist grew up to become the successful creator of beloved children’s book characters, and a vocal advocate for arts education. (Filmed at TEDxHampshireCollege.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, book, children, design, storytelling, writing,...
The are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life -- how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, film, life, memory, video, TED2012, 2012
Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime -- and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders. (Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, cities, community, global issues, government, politics, urban planning,...
The band "OK Go" dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became a YouTube sensation. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, engineering, entertainment, music, physics, video, TEDxUSC, 2010
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, art, creativity, design, happiness, innovation, work, TEDGlobal...
As a young girl, photojournalist Kitra Cahana dreamed about running away from home to live freely on the road. Now as an adult and self-proclaimed vagabond, she follows modern nomads into their homes -- boxcars, bus stops, parking lots, rest stop bathrooms -- giving a glimpse into a culture on the margins. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, global issues, journalism, photography, youth, TED2014, 2014
At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers', and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing "We Feel Fine." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, culture, entertainment, global issues, happiness, software,...
Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography -- to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, art, arts, culture, curiosity, photography, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, demo, design, entertainment, history, short talk, technology, TED2008,...
In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Islam, art, culture, peace, third world, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brai Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, biotech, neuroscience, science, technology, TED2012, 2012
Natasha Tsakos presents part of her one-woman, multimedia show, "Upwake." As the character Zero, she blends dream and reality with an inventive virtual world projected around her in 3D animation and electric sound. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, media, performance, performance art, storytelling, theater, TED2009,...
Taryn Simon captures the essence of vast, generation-spanning stories by photographing the descendants of people at the center of the narrative. In this riveting talk she shows a stream of these stories from all over the world, investigating the nature of genealogy and the way our lives are shaped by the interplay of many different forces. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, culture, global issues, photography, TEDSalon London Fall 2011, 2011
What would a music video look like if it were directed by the music, purely as an expression of a great song, rather than driven by a filmmaker's concept? Designer Jakob Trollback shares the results of his experiment in the form. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, demo, design, entertainment, film, music, short talk, video,...
Margaret Gould Stewart, YouTube's head of user experience, talks about how the ubiquitous video site works with copyright holders and creators to foster (at the best of times) a creative ecosystem where everybody wins. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, business, creativity, culture, entertainment, law, technology,...
You might have a 5-year plan, but what about a 200-year plan? Artist Raghava KK has set his eyes on an ultra-long-term horizon; at TEDxSummit, he shows how it helps guide today's choices and tomorrow's goals -- and encourages you to make your own 200-year plan too. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, entertainment, life, social media, storytelling,...
TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, beauty, brain, culture, design, evolution, society, TED2010, 2010
Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, art, children, culture, design, entertainment, happiness, 2007
Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, brain, consciousness, mind, psychology, science, visualizations,...
Ursus Wehrli shares his vision for a cleaner, more organized, tidier form of art -- by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, entertainment, humor, performance, TED2006, 2006